Trouble comes in 3's for Peter: a man-eating secretary, a demanding mistress & a wife who longs for the past
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LUCK'S RAN OUT (alternative title: THE GAMBLER) is a contemporary drama set in England and Spain. It is an intensive study of one couple’s disintegration, and more specifically, one man’s disintegration within that couple. TERRY runs his own business and is devoted to his occasionally overbearing wife, BRENDA. He also has a fondness for a flutter on the horses and dogs. When Terry and Brenda decide to try for a family, their marriage starts to disintegrate. Terry finds that, after a car accident, he does not have the required sexual drive to keep at it, while Brenda begins to have second thoughts about whether this is really what she wants. Brenda comes to realise she is attracted to Terry's brother, DENNIS, and her relationship with Terry becomes more distant. Terry deals with his troubles by indulging his passion for a flutter. A holiday to favourite vacation spot Spain does not breathe new life into the marriage - it makes it worse. Unable to communicate with his wife, Terry attempts to salvage the marriage by buying Brenda her dream villa in Spain as a surprise birthday present. Terry’s secret trips to Spain fuel Brenda’s suspicions and drive her into the arms of Dennis. With his business failing, the property venture in Spain collapsing, and loan sharks after him for his gambling debts, Terry discovers the affair between his brother and his wife. He attempts suicide and almost succeeds. While receiving treatment for injuries inflicted by loan shark heavies, Terry meets an attractive PHYSIOTHERAPIST. As Terry struggles to master his gambling addiction he faces a most difficult decision: reclaim his first love, or take a chance on another.